Monthly Archives: June 2015

on free petting zoo THIS Sunday!

Petting Zoo at Faith Community Church
Sunday June 28 from 11AM – Noon

This Sunday, kids will have an opportunity to pet a llama, donkey, mini-cow, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, a pig, and maybe a baby camel & a giant tortoise. There will be bottles to feed some of the animals and brushes so the kids can brush the animals. Don’t worry mom, there will be hand sanitizer available too.

This event has not been advertised until now, so please share this.

address is at the bottom of the page.


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On Father’s Day = FREE!

Saw the sign on the way home from work today:  Museum of Transport near the DesPeres Hospital will be free on Father’s Day.


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on recipe: Wheat germ brownies

Brownies r a favorite.

This one is almost healthy for me… right?!?


Recipe –

Layered Wheat Germ Brownies

Ingredients –

Bottom Layer:

1 C wheat germ

1/2 C flour

1/2 C brown sugar, firmly packed

6 T butter, melted

Chocolate layer:

1/3 C cocoa

1/3 C butter

3/4 C sugar

2 eggs

1 t vanilla extract

2/3 C wheat germ

1/2 C flour

1/4 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

Method –

Mix together bottom layer; lightly pat evenly in ungreased 9″ square pan. Set aside.

Chocolate layer = Melt cocoa & butter over low heat, stirring occas.

Beat in sugar, eggs & vanilla.

Stir in wheat germ mixed with flour, baking soda & salt. Spread over bottom layer in baking pan.

Oven 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool slightly.

I like mine straight from the freezer too.

From Hodgson Mill’s box of Untoasted Wheat Germ – all natural (so it is good for me!) I find ’em almost addictive.


I tried the muffin recipe too… not as yummy,


you can add it to almost anything.

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on recipe: fresh herbal tea

We already have most of this growing… so going to experiment!

Made R6-11-15:  YUM even w/o the Tarragon (none in the garden… yet). It was VERY refreshing!

June 15th:  I’m trying it with just mint leaves. My husband has several varieties growing.

6-25-15:  Every couple of days, I make a new batch – trying different herbs. Good stuff!

Going to try later this summer with marigolds.

Recipe –

Fresh herbal tea


***mix marigold & mint too!

Ingredients –

2oz fresh lemon verbena sprigs

1oz fresh lemon thyme sprigs

1oz fresh tarragon

8 t honey

Method –

Combine herbs with 8 C water in large saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil, cover & remove from heat.

Let seep 45 minutes, strain and stir in the honey.

Cool & serve over ice.

Makes 8 servings.

From Joy L. @ FCC – “Country Living” Sept’05 – 5/15.


Added honey until it was the right sweetness for me,

then cold water until the tea was the right strength for me.


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on recipe: Grilled veggies & fruit salad too!

Edited recipe some based on my tastes.

Recipes –

Grilled vegetables with Balsamic


Summer fruit salad… see ***

Ingredients –

2/3 C balsamic vinegar

2 pounds mixed vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrots, radishes, onions.

sliced or quartered.

2 T olive oil

1/4 t pepper

1/2 t salt

3oz prosciutto

1 sprig summer savory, chopped

Method –

*** For summer fruit salad:

Toss 2 C of berries or cubed cantaloupe melon with 1-2 t of sugar


drizzle with 2 t of the glaze (below).

Balsamic vinegar to medium saucepan and simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 C ~25 minutes.

Grill veggies: gently toss veggies in olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and grill until lightly golden and softened.

Studier veggies, carrots and radishes ~10 minutes.

Onions & beans ~5 minutes.

Tomatoes ~1 1/2 minutes.

Grill prosciutto just until warmed.

All to a platter and drizzle with 2 T of glaze and sprinkle with the savory.

Serves 6

Thanks for sharing the magazines Joy L. @ FCC – “Country Living” Sept’05 – 5/15.

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on recipe: Tuna salad with pears and mint

8-16-15: Finally had lime & mayo (found organic!) = YUM!

7-27-15: Added lemon this time = YUM!


more than one type of mint.


6-20-15:  I now have made this several times, even on vacation! I leave out mayo. We added frozen corn the last time. YUM!


Tuna Salad with pears and mint

Ingredients –

1 6oz can white albacore tuna, packed in water

1 medium crisp, sweet pear

3 T finely chopped sweet onion

1/4 t ground pepper

3 T chopped fresh mint

1 lime, juiced

3 T mayonnaise

1 large tomato, sliced.

1/2 cucumber, sliced

Method –

Drain tuna and break apart with fork.

Slice pear into 1/3″ pieces and add to tuna.

Add onion, pepper, mint, and lime – toss to combine.

Arrange tomatoes and cucumbers on two plates.

Divide tuna between plates and serve.

From Joy L. @ FCC – “Country Living” – July’05

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on recipe: blackberry preserves

Lookin’ forward to tryin’ this one!

Recipe –

Blackberry preserves

Ingredients –

4 C blackberries, rinsed. About 1 1/4 pounds.

1/4 C fresh lemon juice

4 – 2″ pieces lemon peel, pith removed

5 – 2″ pieces orange peel, pith removed

1 C sugar

Method –

Place all ingredients but the sugar in medium saucepan and bring to a boil in 1/4 C water over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until berries are soft ~10 minutes.

Remove citrus peels and stir in sugar.

Increase to medium-high, and return to a boil.

Cook, stirring frequently, until preserves have jelled ~7 minutes. Can test by placing a tsp of preserves on a cold plate and refrigerate for ~3 minutes. If a skin forms and the shape holds when pushed with a finger, the preserves have jelled.

Pour into clean jars and let cool to room temp. Store in frig for up to 3 weeks.

Makes 1 1/2 C

From Joy L. @ FCC – “Country Living” – July’05

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